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NYFA Guidelines to Reopen!


By Sergey Danilov

While I am lost in time, figuratively and literally, I realize how much I want to be back to a somewhat normal life. The past almost three months went in a blink of the eye and it was the longest three months of my life at the same time. We learned a lot during this time of the pandemic COVID-19 – new virus, what is social distance, online training, online learning, spending more time with the people we did not have time for before… I can continue on and on. But the bottom line… we are all ready to be back to normal.

At New York Fencing Academy, looking through different guidelines, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), United States Fencing Association (USFA), New York Department of Health and Nassau County Department of Health, we are putting together our Academy guidelines for reopening when it will happen.

While both of our clubs are in New York, they are in different zones and it looks like the Long Island location is moving towards reopening a bit sooner than the Brooklyn location. The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we will work hard to follow all the guidelines before and during the reopening. So, both locations will follow the guidelines of the local Health authorities.

Meanwhile, we developed some New York Fencing Academy guidelines for all athletes, parents, coaches and staff.

While we will be reopening the facilities with strict guidelines stated below, we will provide full support to our NYFA family by continuing all online classes and online private lessons. So, you can choose either one or even a combination.

NYFA will be providing:

  • Group classes with limited number of participants (when permitted by region’s control room);
  • Private lessons at the NYFA facilities (by appointment only);
  • Zoom training including group classes and private lessons;
  • Any combination;

The following guidelines will apply to facilities, athletes, parents, coaches and staff who might be involved in fencing activities with NYFA.

Facility and cleaning:

  1. The gyms will be ventilated daily, and air purifiers with UV-C light & True HEPA filters, and ozone generator machines will be working overnight to sanitize the air.
  2. The gym, hallways and restrooms will be cleaned and fully sanitized daily, including the door handles of the street entrance, elevator doors and buttons.
  3. Hand sanitizing stations will be installed throughout the facility.
  4. The sign of all the necessary precautions will be posted in the lobby.
  5. Temperature checks for all who are entering the facility (including the coaches and staff) will be made by touchless thermometer. All who have temperatures of 37.2C (99F) or higher will not be admitted to the facility and will be asked to isolate themselves at home for 14 days (in case of good health, Zoom classes are still available for those who cannot attend).
  6. Changing rooms will be closed for all athletes. Gearing up should happen at home or in the car, prior to entering the building.
  7. The water fountain will be closed at this time. Only personal bottles are allowed for use (before and after private sessions only – in the designated bag area or outside the gym).
  8. NO PARENTS are allowed in the facility. The drop off for fencers will be right in front of the door. Anyone who does enter the facility must wear a face mask.

The Fencers and Coaches:

  1. NYFA Coaches and staff will be wearing face masks at all times.
  2. All fencers must wear face masks before entering the facility of NYFA. If not single use mask, it should:
    · Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    · Be secured with ties or ear loops
    · Include multiple layers of fabric
    · Allow for breathing without restriction
    · Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  3. Fencers, coaches and staff should come to the gym directly from home.
  4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home, self-isolate and call your healthcare provider.
  5. Practice proper hygiene and respiratory etiquette:
    – Wash your hands frequently with soap and use hand sanitizer;
    – Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze into a tissue;
    – Practice social distance;
    – Do not use or share other people’s devices such as phones, tablets etc;

Fencing and sport equipment:

  1.  Coaches and Fencers are not allowed to leave any equipment in the gym under any circumstances.
  2. All personal equipment should be washed and/or sanitized after each use. If the equipment cannot be washed (mask, epee) – it must be sanitized.
  3. The club equipment will not be available for anyone. If Fencer forgot the equipment, he/she will not be able to participate in the club activity – no exceptions.
  4. Some sports equipment (i.e. jumping rope, tennis ball, resistant band, etc) will not be provided by the club; all fencers must have their own. Please consult with the coaches about what you need for upcoming practices.
  5. Due to closure of the changing rooms, there will be a designated bag area, marked with tape, which will be clearly visible. Please follow the 6 feet social distance rule when in the bag area.

Private sessions and group classes:

  1. Only fencers who have previously booked lessons or classes will be admitted to the gym (contact Marina at 516-472-7042 for Long Island location and 718-996-0426 for Brooklyn location). Fencers who have no appointments, please contact our office OVER THE PHONE ONLY! Availability of group classes will be announced separately when permitted by state.
  2. The fencers who have booked lesson(s) will be admitted to the facility no earlier than 15 minutes prior in order to warm-up. There will be a special designated area for the warm-up.
  3. All games including sharing of objects or possible physical contact are canceled.
  4. All fencers must wear face masks, covering the nose and mouth.

At the end of the day, we would like to keep everyone safe and healthy. We will continue Zoom classes and the combination of Zoom and in-person training. Stay healthy and We Will Fence Again!

Team NYFA!

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS, fencing camps

Long Island & Brooklyn Summer Fencing Day Camps


New York Fencing Academy is happy to announce that our Summer Fencing Day Camps will begin June 29, 2020!

Long Island fencing club and campsEnrollment is open for several sessions scheduled throughout the summer. We offer day camps for beginners with no prior experience and day camps for all levels at both NYFA locations: Coney Island, Brooklyn and Port Washington, Long Island.

New York has approved the start of day camps on June 29th. We will closely monitor the situation, stay in touch with local health departments, and take all precautionary measures advised by the CDC and state and local health departments. Our camps will be run in small groups, and more hours will be added if necessary.

Newcomers (ages 6 & up) are welcome to discover the exciting sport of fencing with New York Fencing Academy, one of the best fencing clubs in New York City, Long Island, and the U.S.!

Get dates and more details, and register online here:  https://fencenyfa.com/nyfa-fencing-day-camps/

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS, Parents

Online Bout Analysis Class with Sebastien Dos Santos – Sunday, May 17


We are excited to announce Sebastien Dos Santos is joining New York Fencing Academy online fencing training for all who are interested.

Sebastien is from St. Genes De Lombaud, France, was coach for U.S. Men’s Epee Team at the 2012 Olympic Games working with Andrey Geva and the U.S. Women’s Epee Team in 2016. Sebastien Dos Santos now is involved with both US men’s and US women’s epee programs during this quad as the Director of Epee program. In his new role, Dos Santos will develop and implement strategic plan to improve the level of epee in the United States.

Sebastien will be leading the online class on Sunday at 1pm and sharing his incredible experience on how to analyze fencing bouts, watch your opponents, what to pay attention to when observing the fencing bouts/opponents.

Join us for this exciting online training opportunity on Sunday May 17, 2020 at 1pm-2pm!

Click here to register for NYFA online fencing classes and for easy instructions on how to join us on Zoom! (https://fencenyfa.com/portfolio/classes-lessons/)

Go NYFA! Happy Fencing!

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS, Parents

Recurring Online Classes & Lessons Start Today


We are excited to begin recurring online classes and private lessons. Classes start today so sign-up now!

ONLINE GROUP CLASSES

REGISTER– Y12 & Under: MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS (5-6 pm)
REGISTER– Y14 & Above:  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS (6-7 pm)
REGISTER– Y14 & Above:  SATURDAYS (1-2 pm)

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  1. Sign-up for a Zoom account in the students’ name (not the parents)
  2. REGISTER using the links above at least 30 minutes before each class.
  3. Use the “Click Here To Join” link in the confirmation email to join the class 15 minutes before start time.
  4. The fee is $25 per 1-hour class.
  5. If you prepaid this session’s package, there’s no need to pay again.  We will automatically deduct the fee from your balance.
  6. If you need to pay, call Marina (646-644-3032) after you register and at least 30 minutes before class starts to pay by phone.

ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS

  • Your coach will give you personal and undivided attention which helps not only to control execution of the exercises, but also allows tailoring of the tasks to each student’s individual needs.
  • To schedule, call Marina (646-644-3032)
  • The fee is $50 per 30-minute private lesson.
  • We are lengthening private lessons during the current situation so students can have extra time to communicate with their coaches, and can allow for any internet issues that might occur.

Go NYFA! Happy Fencing!

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS, Parents

Sign-up for Saturday 3/28 Free Online Group Classes


Dear NYFA Family,

Come join us for our next 2 free online classes tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th!

Please register in advance to help us plan properly:

1) Y12 & Younger Online Group Class: 11 am – 12 pm, Saturday, 3/28:

Pre-register here: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Iud-uopzgo_EawLZFf9m7m_AvN2r33vQ

2) Y14 & Older Online Group Class: 1 pm – 2 pm, Saturday, 3/28

Pre-register here: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJEodeyorjksn2GLCHj1pQiuoBL6oRUdIw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Go NYFA!